Patterson escapes EDW, 53-51

From Staff Reports

With E.D. White standout Ja’Dante’ Frye going off from three-point range late in Friday’s Class 3A regional playoff game in Thibodaux, Patterson’s senior leaders took turns playing hero.

Tremaine Lightfoot, Dylan Sanders and Trevon Stewart all hit big shots and even bigger free-throws to secure a thrilling 53-51 win.

Frye started the game hot, scoring 13 first quarter points to carry the Cardinals to a 15-12 lead. He finished with a game-high 34 points, hitting eight 3-pointers.

“What can you say about Frye tonight,” Patterson head coach Ryan Taylor said. “He had a career-night. We knew he could score, but we didn’t think he would shoot 3-pointers like that.”

With the lead, EDW held the ball, passing it around the perimeter, using the majority of the second quarter clock.

“We knew coming in that they wanted to hold the ball and control tempo,” Taylor said. “Our guys are comfortable doing that. E.D. White is well-coached, and they will do what it takes to win. I told my guys, they might hold the ball an entire quarter and shoot one shot, and if they take one shot, we have to stop it.”

When Patterson (24-3) did get the ball, they converted.

The Jacks tied the game at 17 with under a minute to play in the first half on a 3-pointer by Stewart.

E.D. White’s Eric Bloss hit a 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds left in the half, but was fouled on the play by Lightfoot. Bloss made the free-throw for a four-point play and a 21-17 lead. Lightfoot answered with a buzzer-beater making the halftime score, 21-19, E.D. White.

The Jacks got five straight baskets (11-0 run) capped by a 3-pointer from Gino Hall to take a 30-22 lead to open the third quarter.

“That run was huge for us,” Taylor said. “We knew E.D. White wanted to control the tempo, but with a lead, we were able to control the pace of the game.”

Patterson went on another run to open the fourth quarter, pushing the lead to 12.

That’s when Frye got the hot hand again. The senior made five 3-pointers in the quarter to pull EDW to within four (49-45) with 33 seconds to play.

Lightfoot, Stewart and Sanders, however, refused to lose. In the final minute, one of the big-three made at least one free-throw on the last eight Patterson possessions.

“I work on my free-throws every day,” Sanders said. “And I live for big moments like this. Coach always tells us that a big game would come down to free-throws.”

Lightfoot, however, isn’t one of the team’s better free-throw shooters statistically.

“I just stepped to the line and had confidence that they were going to go in and they fell for me,” Lightfoot said. “We have worked hard to get better from the free-throw line this season.”

The Lumberjacks made 12-of-18 free throws in the fourth quarter and 19-of-26 in the game.

“It’s always hard to play at E.D. White,” Stewart said. “The atmosphere here tonight was crazy, but as a senior, you have to sink them.”

Sanders made one free-throw for a 53-49 lead, and he purposely missed the second with 6 seconds left to run out the clock. EDW scored an uncontested two-point basket at the buzzer.

The leading scorers for PHS were Stewart with 18, while Lightfoot and Sanders had 12 each. Hall added seven for PHS, while Deondre Skinner chipped in four.

Patterson, the 10th-seed, will travel to Monroe to face second seeded Richwood in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Richwood beat Bogalusa, 94-65, Friday.

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